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on the nbc networks, don't miss this morning's matt lauer exclusive, a live interview with president obama. that's coming up on "today." >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america -- in new york, amateur video shot by a passenger on a delta flight shows sparks flying as one of the plane's wings dragged along the tarmac during an emergency landing. authorities are looking into reported issues with the plane's landing gear. fortunately none of the plane's 60 passengers or crew were hurt. >>> in california, a minotaur iv rocket lifted off and into orbit from vandenberg air force base. it carried an air force surveillance satellite that will be used to monitor space for objects that could threaten u.s. national security or communication and weather satellites. the air force says the satellite will play a key role in protecting the country's space-based assets. >>> and in texas speed eaters dug in at the 6th annual world tamale eating championship. competitive eating champ tim janis, also known as "eater x" chowed down past his competition, consuming 59 tamal
through. so we thank these people for stopping by. on the plaza, i'm matt lauer, ann curry is in for meredith. and natalie morales joins us, as well. we're going to talk in this half hour about a young lady with an unusual condition. >> imagine this, if you had a 14-year-old daughter and she could not eat for seven months straight. that actually happened. this young lady, and of course you can imagine what her parents went through. look at her now. we'll be talking to her about what she went through and how it affected her life. >> all right. >> okay. >> a reminder for you that on wednesday we brought our wedding couple here, melissa and jeremy, and then once we spent some time with them we gave you our four choices for the reception location here in new york city. well, we still need your help. got to go there and vote to our website at todayshow.com. learn more about our couple, melissa and jeremy, and check out the choices and vote for your favorite location. >> or you can head to facebook.com/todayshow. and follow our wedding progress and we'll also be checking our page
on the "today" show. matt lauer will sit down with president obama to discuss publischool systems across the country. the exclusive live interview strts at 8:00 a.m. here on nbc 4. >>> falling to the worst. the redskins could not hang on -- or rather hang with the st. louis rams. they t their first win of the season and ended a 14-game losing streak with this win. redskins stayed in the game, even taking the lead 16-14. the rams kept up the pressure and took the win. coach shanahan said the rams just wanted to win more. >> come back in the second half. very similar to what we did before. came out the week before with a touchdown drive. but after that they did the job. they played well. >> it was a better night for the skins with 116 rushing yards. portis accounted for 44 of those yards. >> big burm. 6:08. 65 degrees. coming up, the new traffic patterns now opennear the wilson bridge. that's supposed to ease your commute. >>> a well-known megachurch ptor breaks silence about the sex scandal swirling around him. >>> it's raining in the nation's capital. much needed rain and cooler temperat
. >> and i'm matt lauer. nine american service members killed when their helicopter crashed in afghanistan. it is unclear right now whether that chopper was shot down by the taliban, which they are claiming is true, or if it was simply an accident. >> it happened in the zabul province. so far the cause remains under investigation. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led by the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to amer
to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith viera. things are heating up for both parties with the midterms fast approaching. >> michelle obama will use her popularity and influence in six state where is democratic candidates are in trouble. this as lisa murkowski is being accused of trying to split up the republican party in alaska by starting a write-in campaign for her senate seat. we're going to have more on all of this coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> talking about controversy, that custody battle between mel gibson and his estranged girlfriend. the actor apologized for his behavior in those intimate phone conversations. so why is so much of their dirty laundry being aired so publicly and is oksana behind it all? this morning their attorneys speak out in an exclusive live interview. >>> and that british girl who just won the title of america's perfect teen. how do her fellow contestants feel about that? we're going to talk to her when she joining us from wales in a live interview. >> reporter: the president can be particularly effective raising money
of coverage we're going to be presenting all week on the nb cnetwork, don't miss this morninging's matt lauer exclusive, a live interview with president obama. that's coming up today. >>> here are other news making news early today. video shot by a passenger on a delta flight shows sparks flying during an emergency landing. authorities are looking into reported issues with the plane's landing gear. fortunately none of the plane's 60 passengers or crew were hurt. >>> in california a miniature 4 rocket lifted off from the air force base. it carried an air force surveillance flight to monitor. the satellite will play a key role in protecting the country's space-spaced assets. >>> in texas speed eaters dug in at the world tamale eating championship. tim janice known as eater "x" passed up his con competition consuming 59 tamales in just ten minutes. that's actually 12 tamales under his world record of 71. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather here's bill karins. >> it's a raw morning up and down the eastern seaboard. look at the radar. all the green on here is rain and it's ple
't miss this morning's matt lauer exclusive. the live interview with president obama at 8:00 a.m. today and simulcast here on msnbc as well. >>> here is your first look at some of the other news going on around america today. in new york amateur video on a delta flight shows sparks plying as one of the plane's wings drags along the tarmac during an emergency landing. authorities are looking into reported issues with the plane's landing gear. fortunately none of the plane's 60 passengers or crew were hurt. >>> in california, a minotaur-40 rocket lifted off from vandenburg air force base. it carries a satellite that will be used to monitor space for objects that could threaten national security. the air force says the satellite will play a key role in carrying the country's space-based assets. >>> in texas speed eaters dug in at the sixth annual eating championship. tim janus also known as eater "x" chowed down the competition consuming 59 tamales in 12 minutes. if you think that's impressive, that is actually 12 tamales under his world record of 71. oh, my goodness. >>> well, now for a l
on the plaza, we'll say hello to them in just a little while. i'm matt lauer along with meredith viera. coming up with some really good news for consumers. at the supermarket, stores are often trying to get you to buy their store labels instead of the brand labels, should you? the answer is a resounding yes. >>> a spectacular crash caught on tape. this iowa football player was riding without a helmet and incredibly walked away with just scrapes and bruises. we're going to talk to him about it exclusively in our next half hour. >>> also ahead, we're kicking off a new series, meredith, al, natalee and i are going back to our new jobs. i'm up first this morning, giving my old paper route in westchester, new york, a lot of people surprised to get newspapers they didn't sign up for. >> it almost looked like you fell off the bike there. >> i wear a helmet later in the piece, i will tell you that, i'm just kidding around. >>> we're going to continues with joran van der sloot, the man long suspected in the disappearance of natalee holloway and in the murder of a bomb in peru. michelle coz zin sky has
interview with matt lauer, the president talked about what he's doing to get u.s. students ready for college. >> my administration is announcing that we are going to specifically focus on training 10,000 new math and science teachers. we've got to boost performance in that area. we used to rank at the top. we are now 21st in science, 25th in math. >> that interview part of a weeklong nbc news event "education nation" an in-depth look at state of our children's schools. joining me now is political analyst richard wolffe, also the author of "renegade, the making of a president." how much faith does the white house have that they can get young people to the polls? >> reporter: well, what they want to do is obviously re-create the coalition that took the president over the top in 2008 and those are the people who traditionally don't vote in midterms. they feel they have something to talk about with them, whether it's about education in general or specifics about the health care bill. one of the first provisions to kick in young students in wisconsin and elsewhere can stay on family health care p
>>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm matt lauer live at the white house. ann curry is actually back in new york to kick off education nation over in the learning plaza, ann, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt and take a look at what we have done to the place. we have turned this entire area into a learning plaza and we're bringing together some 300 -- >> anne, thanks very much, every single american president says they want to become the education president. studies show that the situation over the years has actually gotten worse. 12th graders who were tested for reading levels in 2005 actually scored lower than 12th graders tested for reading in 1992. 70% of our students graduate. that means 1.3 million student who is should get a diploma don't, they drop out. and roughly half of all teachers leave the profession in the first five years of being in the profession. the problems facing our education system. the question of course is can we fix those problems? we're going to ask those questions of president barack obama in an exclusive, live,
discussion with matt lauer and our audience here in new york. >> i wanted to know whether or not you think that malia and sasha would get the same high quality rigorous education in a d.c. public school compared to their very elite private academy they're attending now? >> thanks for the question, kelly. i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. >> you wake up every morning and you know that kids are getting a really crappy education right now. >> reporter: the d.c. schools are featured in the new documentary "waiting for superman" which explores the effects of teacher tenure. last night the film was screened for a crowd that included the head of d.c. schools michelle rhee. rhee has been trying to purge her schools of failing principals and teachers. at an education nation panel, she sparred with the teachers union boss. >> we need to have real evaluation systems, which is what the union has been focused on, so teachers are judged fairly and systems that help create continuous improvement. and at the same time have some due process s
and teachers could be in for major changes. if president obama has his way. the president joined "today's" matt lauer. this is a special week of programming on concerns over the education system. the president talks about what he wants to see at schools, including identifying teachers who do well and getting rid of those who don't. he discussed an idea that probably won't sit so well with most kids. >> i think we should have longer school years. we now have our kids go to school about a month less than most other advanced countries. and that month makes a difference. >> don't forget, our coverage of education nation continues on the "today" show and on nbc nightly news right here on this nbc station. for more resources and information, check out our special website, educationnation.com. >>> palestinian president mahmoud abbas says he will wait at least one week before deciding whether or not to quit middle east peace talks with israel. that development comes after the united states, france, england and the united nations all expressed disappointment over israel's refusal to extend a ten-month b
worse today september 8th, 2010. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and meredith vieira live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning and welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith i havary. for a time the fires were out and they have rekindled. >> it is called a city in flame after they downed power lines. we will get the latest in a couple of minutes. >> more with joran van der sloot suspected in the disappearance of natalee holloway and a peruvian woman. he talks about life behind bars and the anger he feels and information about booster seats and many are them are not doing enough to protect kids. >> on tuesday i have a chance to try my hand as a paper boy. something i did as a kid. meredith will be shuffling off to rhode island to revisit her first job as a tap dance teacher. >> look at the talent on display behind me. >> i look forward to that. >> we will begin with the fires that raged across detroit overnight. we go to wdiv. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it has been a long tight in th
"waiting for superman," on monday, president obama sits down with matt lauer with a live one-on-one interview that will air uninterrupted for an entire half hour. that's starting at 8:00 eastern on nbc and msnbc. >>> and, of course, join andrea mitchell live on the plaza in new york. they're going to include education secretary arnie duncan, randy wynne guarden and the mayor of boston and two journalists featured in "waiting for superman," jonathan alter and jay matthews. that's next monday, september 27th only here on msnbc. >>> now to politics -- because fresh off of a trip to iowa, sarah palin is now saying for the first time that she may run for president. unless someone with the conservative credentials she thinks are right with america gets into the game. >> if nobody else wanted to step up, i would offer myself up in the name of service to the public, but, i also know anybody, anybody can make a huge difference in this country without a title, without an office, just being out there as an advocate for solutions that can work to get the country on the right track. that'
to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy carter is in the house and we'll be speaking to him about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikerstill being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jail after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. we'll have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in bermuda overnight. jim cantore joins us from elbow beach in bermuda. >> reporter: we're just getting in breaking news, no reports of major injuries or loss of live here on the island, that is great news, however there's lots of debris and trees all over the roads all across the island this morning. some
"waiting for superman." this monday on the "today" show matt lauer sits down with president obama about the state of education in america. that interview will be simulcast from 8:00 to 8:30 eastern time on msnbc along with cnbc and other nbc networks. >>> here's your "first look" at some of the other news going on around america today. an oregon bus driver is out of a job after a passenger got cell phone video of that driver reading an e-book at one point driving with his elbow. he was initially placed on paid leave but is now fired for "posing an immediate threat to public safety." in florida, another incident of distracted driving. only this time a sheriff's deputy was the one accused. photos show him on his cell phone while riding his motorcycle in 50-mile-per-hour traffic. an internal investigation found no wrongdoing on the officer's part stating it is not a safety concern for an officer to briefly check a cell phone while riding. >>> in california workers from seaworld try assisted an injured sea lyon but no to avail. it was netted but quickly tore through and swam away. officials
this morning on the "today" show with matt lauer. the exclusive live interview begins here on nbc 4. >>> it's raining out there, tom. much needed rain. >> welcomed rain has been coming through from time to time. we have mott radrain in prince george's. elsewhere, some passing light to moderate showers moving across virginia, west virginia, district of columbia on this monday morning. right now temperatures are cool. wet pavement all the way around. low 60s now. and lighter view showing this continuing to surge from the south. this is going to be with us from time to time throughout the rest of the day today. could get storms this afternoon. some could produce damaging winds. we'll keep you posted about the potential this afternoon and tonight. and this shower and storm activity should dissipate by noon time tuesday and sunshine pack tomorrow afternoon into wednesday. ighs in the low 70s today. mid-70s on wednesday with sunshine back. could get a few other passing showers mnly east of washington. on thursday, highs in the 70s. now let's check traffic for this monday morning. jerry edwards is
'donnell talks to matt lauer about her big win in delaware, an after more than a year in jail, one of three american hikers detained in iran is finally freed. >>> keep it on this channel fon continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today." just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. have a good one. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. matt lauer goes one-on-one with the developer behind the controversial ground zero mosque. >>> and watch what happens when ann curry goes back to middle school. >>> now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm veronica de la cruz. thank you so much for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a great wednesday. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
. >>> matt lauer revisited his first job as a paper boy. he went back and retraced his old paper route with the girl who is now doing it. you can see he is a little rusty. >> i pedalled my way into a career bringing the news to america one paper at a time. in my little corner of the world was the dalewood rent dal complex on fieldstone drive. i delivered along a spring of apartments in my old working class neighborhood. >> apparently, that was not really what happened when he delivered the newspaper again. matt lauer doesn't deliver your washington post, thank goodness. jay leno made fun of the "today" show anchor last night. >>> that's "news 4 midday." we thank you for being with us. we invite you to tune in for the daily connection at 2:00. i will see you right here tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. for "news 4 midday." have a terrific day! with my friends we'll do almost anything. out for drinks, eats. i have very well fitting dentures. i like to eat a lot of fruits. love them all. the seal i get with the super poligrip free keeps the seeds from getting up underneath. even well fitting denture
% blame-elected officials and 41% site teacher's unions and 30% say teachers. matt lauer asked president obama whether he sees teacher's unions as a problem. >> i'm a strong supporter of the notion that a union can protect members and sometimes that means they are resistant to change when things are not working. >> the president of the 3.2 member of the national education association. the president said look. if you have a third of your students dropping out, you can't go in and defend the status quo. do you think that's what unions do? >> i totally agree with the president. we should not accept the status quo. one third of our students or 25% or so don't graduate. we need to change that. >> you pointed out cases where unions are working with school districts to try to overhaul the school systems. how is that working. >> excellent. i can name where they are working with officials. the administration, school board and they sit downing to and reach out and say together, let's decide how to change this for students in our district. >> there is a documentary out wait figure are super man tha
. >>> the debate continues on the "today" show. matt lauer will sit down with president obama to talk about schools across the country. the exclusive live interview begins at 8:00 a.m. on nbc 4. >>> startedingtoay, new check points farther away during weekdays. signs will be posted alerting riders to the new walking pattern. it is in connection to a shooting earlier this year that ended with the gunman dead. >>> metro riders on the orange line will experience single tracking. between st fls church and west falls church will cause trains to share a track between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this will last until 8th of october. riders should not expect any delays during those hours from the work. >>> a traffic alert for drivers in virginia. new ramps are opening at the telegraph road interchange. a new ramp will be open from inner loop to telegraph ro north. 176b will give access to telegraph north or eisenhower avenue. a temporary ramp will be shut down. >>> a car company recalling 140,000 of its car citing defect that can cause drivers to lose control. al affected cars are sonata cars that can cause dve
a third of american students do not graduate high school, president obama told matt lauer on "today" there is an urgent need for education reform if amica wants to compete in a global work force. >> historically, when we first set up the public school systems across the untry, we were leaps and bounds ahead of the vast majority of countries around the world. that's not true anymore. they have caught up and now, in some cases, are surpassing us, especially in math and science. >> reporter: the president kicked off the education nation summifrom the white house and included a go of recruit iing ience, technology, english and math teachers. policy makers and teachers discussed ways to fix a system that's failing too many kids. >> status quo isn't good enough. >> reporter: and not good enough for parents like cynthia williams. she became an edution advocate 20 years ago when her ildren began school. >> my kids didn't get the best education. now i know by the time they got to college, remedial courses. theyhad to take remedial courses. >> reporter: from school policy hurdles to teacher t
'm meredith vieira. >> i'm matt lauer. we have a wedding today on the plaza and it is raining cats and dogs as in many places up and down the east coast. you know what they say? >> good luck. >> they will have lots of luck. >> not so lucky for a lot of people to our south. a state of emergency has been declared in parts of north carolina where some areas have received well over a foot of rain this week. we'll go there live and get to al's forecast straight ahead. >>> some major recalls to tell you about this morning, especially for parents. they involve millions of popular fisher-price toys and high chairs and a warning for parents of newborns who use popular sleep positioners. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. this is ridiculous. the facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair cinched from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with tore ren sal rains an
" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith viera. wild weather here. >> i was in my apartment on the phone, it looked like it was 10:00 at night, it got pitch black, the wind started ed tee. >> it was like coming down in sheets. it was like being in a car wash. >> hurricane force winds ripped roofs off of houses. one woman was killed when a tree crashed on to her car. we're going to have much more on this storm and the damage it left behind in just a couple of minutes. >>> a toddler trapped under icy water for more than 20 minutes when he was finally rescued. his heart was not beating. nearly an hour later, he was brought back to life. coming up we're going to meet that boy and talk to his family exclusively. >>> your daughter's a cheerleader and the lyrics to one of the cheers is about booties and tight skirts. imagine your daughter the cheerleader is only 6 years old. what one woman felt about that and what happened to her daughter when that mother complained. >>> but first that sudden and violent storm here in new york. peter alexander is in queens with the latest. >> repo
. >> and i'm matt lauer. it poured here in new york overnight and there is another big storm system heading our way later in the week. >> this on the heels of a dangerous storm system that triggered evacuations and flooding in minnesota and wisconsin. out west, the story is the extreme heat. >>> also ahead on day one of nbc news education nation summit in new york city, the mayor of this city, michael bloomberg unveiled a tough new plan to hold public schoolteachers here in new york accountable for their performance. coming up we're going to talk to mayor bloomberg about that as well as the president of one of the most powerful teachers unions in the country. >>> and the pest that is invading homes all across the country, i'm not talking about bed bug, but stink bugs. >>> al's upstairs and he's tracking the record weather from coast to coast. >> here's the culprit for the east coast. it's a low pressure that's developing, looks like an 80% chance it's going to develop into a tropical depression or a named storm, nicole. we have already got a risk of strong storms from wilmington all the way
>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and meredith vieira, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. >> pope benedict's trip to great britain is as controversial as it is historic. the benedict actually visited there in 1992 but this is the first time a pope has been invited by the queen or king since the 16th century. >> he made his way to the queen's official residence in scotland. scores of people and military marching bands line the streets. not everyone is happy about this trip, given the catholic church's record on child abuse. a live report from scotland, strait ahead. >>> new surveillance video of the connecticut mother brutally murdered along with her two daughters in a home invasion as she withdrew money to pay off her alleged captors. you will see that and hear the 911 call placed by the bank's manager and why some are now asking if the police could have done more to save that family. >> on a lighter note but a very different note is the popular reality show, "teen mom," glamourizing teen pregnancy, giving teens ideas
by for a live performance. we're lookg forward to that. >>> also indoors, i'm matt lauer along with meredith viera and just ahead, we're going to talk more about the story of bethany storro, the woman who lied about e attack by a stranger with acid has now been charged in that case with theft allegedly taking donations to pay her bills. we'll have more on this bizarre story. >>> and the dangers of distracted driving and if you think teenagers are involved in the most cell phone related deadly crashes, think again. >>> and you would think the winner of a contestalled "america's perfect teen" would come from america, but you would be wrong. >> so how did that happen? and why did she enter the competition? we're going to have more on that ahead. >>> but let us begin this half hour with the wan who admitted burning her face with acid. >> reporter: good morning to you, ought, bethany storro has been charged with three counts of felony theft for allegedly taking money from the community that was trying to help pay her medical bills. now prosecutors say she has to pay. bethany storro claimed she wa
>>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. things are heating up for both parties with the midterm fast approaching. >> that's right. michelle obama will use her population and influence in six states where democratic candidates are in a little bit of trouble. this as lisa murkowski is being accused of trying to split up the republican party in alaska by running as a write-in candidate to save her senate seat. then, of course, there's delaware, where christine o'donnell says she's taking advice on all the controversy surrounding her from sarah palin. we're going to have more on all of this coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> talking about controversy, also had that bitter custody battle between mel gibson and his ex-girlfriend, oksanna aggressivera. the actor apologized for his behavior in those intimate phone conversations. why is so much of their dirty laundry being aired so publicly and is oksanna behind it all? this morning for the first time, her attorneys speak out. >>> and on tuesday we told you about that briti
in some of that -- in the interview that matt lauer had with him, also discussed the tax cuts and for the first time took a shot at republicans on the pledge. it was a first comments on the ledge and he said that they were irresponsible policies because it was a $700 billion tax cut that would lead to more spending but only $16 billion in spending cuts so this is clearly a fine line that the president's going to want to draw between republican leadership and republicans and potentially as john harwood mentioned independents who lean towards republicans and try to, you know, be able to help democrats maybe close some of that gap but still, obviously, tough road to hoe here as we head into the midterm elections for democrats. >> all right. domenico, thanks very much. savannah, we had one other big story this weekend. the unveiling of the new season of "saturday night live." >> this is the key signs that you have arrived. christine o'donnell, the candidate, parodied on "saturday night live." take a look. >> in college, i burned somebody's house down. >> wait. arson? >> yes. but n
vieira in new york. my buddies matt lauer and al roker are in jackson square in the great city of new orleans. matt, i'm already tapping my feet under the desk because it looks like the stage is set for a big bash. >> yeah, you're not the only one tapping your feet. the people down here are ready to explode. this place is going to rock tonight. you want to look down at jackson square. a beautiful and historic portion of this great city. we've been here before. but today this place has been turned into a huge tailgating party. that's going to happen later today, as you mention. i'm not here alone. my friend al roker is joining me, as well. al, we've gotten here just in time for the first game of the nfl season. and apparently the humidity festival here. >> absolutely. >> oh, my goodness. but it's air conditioned in the superdome. and good news for the saints fans. last ten years, the super bowl champion has won their home opener. >> like the sound of that, guys? they love that here. they won the super bowl here, meredith, six months ago. they won it six months ago and while they celebr
joined in, in a live discussion with matt lauer and our audience here in new york. >> i wanted to know whether or not you think that malia and sasha could get the same rigorous education in a d.c. public school compared to their very elite president academy they're attending now? >> thanks for the question, kelly. i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public school systems are struggling. >> you wake up every morning and you know that kids are getting a really crappie education right now. >> reporter: the d.c. schools are featured in the new documentary "waiting for superman" and last night the film was screened for a crowd that included the head of d.c. schools michelle rhee. at an education nation panel, she sparred with the teachers union boss. >> we need to have real evaluation systems, which is what the union has been focused on, so teachers are judged fairly and systems that help create continuous improvement. and at the same time have some due process so that we guard against arbitrating it. >> from my perspective, it seems like what was scary to people wa
" on a friday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry in for meredith. tgif and earl has arrived. >> the storm is lashing the coast of north carolina and virg virginia, but fortunately the eye is still about 85 miles offshore, earl with top winds of 105 miles per hour was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight. so far the storm surge has been minor. the flooding, we understand, is minimal. >> cape cod and nantucket are still in its sights and expected to get hurricane force winds later today. >> we've got this storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker in kill devil hills on the outer banks of north carolina. al, good morning. what's going on? >> hey, guys, i tell you, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really
, thank you very much. >>> as part of our coverage matt lauer will have an exclusive live interview with president obama tomorrow morning at 8:00 eastern on "today." >>> the nationally known pastor of a church, bishop eddie long of georgia spoke public for the first time about lawsuits filed by four young men alleged that he lured them into sexual relationships. long said he was ready for fight. we get the latest tonight from ron mott. >> reporter: the faithful welcomed eddie long back to the pulpit today, the preacher at the sex scandal facing four lawsuits. >> imt ni'm not the man being portrayed on the television. that's not me. that is not me. i am not a perfect man, but this thing i'm going to fight. >> reporter: it's a battle that's likely to be public and potentially very graphic. four former male members of long's churches here in georgia and north carolina allege he gave each gifts and special favor before coaxing them into a sexual relationship. the attorney says it was not easy for them to step forward. >> can you imagine these young men, here's a man with ultimate power.
schools during an exclusive interview yesterday with matt lauer. those schools which get public money along with private donations have succeeded in many places where traditional public schools failed, not always but in most cases. the number of students enrolled in charter schooled nearly quadrupled from '99 to 2008. this is according to the national center for education statistics which also found the percentage of public schools which were charter schools increase from 2% to 5% during that same period. >>> enough of the real news, let's gather around the water cooler to begin a countdown to history. t.j., put up the clock. two weeks from today, that's right, in just 330 hours, 7 minutes b 45 seconds from now, my book "american freak show" will be released. it will take mike 330 hours to walk to the book store if you ever seen him shuffle with his walker. you can wait until october 12th of preorder it on amazon. the first chapter -- this thing will be part of core public school curriculum for generations to come. speaking of education nation, that first chapter is about sarah palin.
morning, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm ann curry in for meredith, everybody. earl is now one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to threaten the east coast. we've been talking about him for days. but now he's ready to flex his muscles all up and down the east coast, matt. >> the category 4 storm is expected to hit north carolina's outer banks, possibly late tonight or even tomorrow morning, early. if it strengthens overnight, earl is now packing top winds of 145 miles per hour. >> and storm warnings are stretching all the way into new england. thousands of people have fled. and the governors of north carolina, virginia, and maryland have already declared states of emergency. the major question now remains exactly what path will earl take up the coast. we'll be checking in with al for the latest on this in just a moment. >> got some other stories to cover, including amanda knox, the american college student convicted of murdering her roommate in italy. this morning, some new revelations about her state of mind. and we'll talk to a former fbi agent who is absolutely convinced that she is
or $100 for two or more. >>> matt lauer will kick off "education nation," the look at the state of education in america. that interview will air live on msnbc for a full half-hour beginning at 8:00 a.m. eastern. you can submit questions for the president at educationnation.com. >>> sunday, "meet the press," david gregory interviews key decision makers. >> nothing like being bossed around, silenced, ordered out by your own city council members. >>> don't point out to individual council members. >> gavel him down, gavel him down. >> you're a very -- >> gavel him down. >> i can't believe -- >> gavel down. out, you've been dismissed. >> why residents are calling this councilwoman a dictator and demanding she get the boot. >>> speaking of facebook, the young founder is worth $1 billion more than steve jobs. but wait until you hear how much more he made this year than last? we'll be right back. before rogaine, my solution to the problem was to go ahead and wear hats. i was always the hat guy. i can't even tell you how much it's changed my life. [ male announcer ] only rogaine is prove
. that is coming up at 4:00 p.m. here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> good morning. heavy rain and high wind expected in florida as a strong tropical system begins to make its way up the east coast. the developer behind the proposed islamic community center will speaker out in an exclusive live interview. a polygamous family is now the focus of a police investigation. we will show you what happened when a host announced the wrong winner of a modeling contest during a live television finale when we get started on a wednesday morning right here on the "today" show. >> 55 degrees on tv hill. >> we will check weather and >> we will check weather and traffic together bef my dad is the supervisor of a train station and my mom's a teacher. my dad's an auto technician. my mom's a receptionist. i'm not sure i would have been able to afford college without the tuition freeze. while tuition in other states is rising out of reach... governor o'malley made the tough choice to freeze tuition. he made my dream of going to college into a reality. i'm the first in m
for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it looked like hell on earth in the city of san bruno outside san francisco this morning it was a terrible scene. >> firefighters are pouring water on the smoldering wreckage after a huge explosion on thursday night sent flames ripping through a residential neighborhood. now, officials aren't exactly sure what sparked the blast, but a ruptured gas main fueled the intense fire. >> one fire captain says by the time his firefighters arrived, dozens of homes had already been consumed by the flames, even though the fire station is only a few blocks away. >> we're going to get right to this story. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion m
if president obama has his way. the president joined matt lauer for an interview, part of nbc's education nation, a special week of programming on concerns over the education system. the president talks about what he wants to see happening at schools including identifying teachers who do well and getting rid of those that don't. he also talked about something that probably didn't sit well with kids. >> i think we should have longer school years. we now have our kids go to school about a month less than most other advanced countries. and that month makes a difference. >> don't forget, our coverage of education nation continues throughout the day. for more resources and information, check out our special website, educationnation.com. >>> the number two in command was talking democratic strategy yesterday. last night lawrence asked president joe biden what he meant that the gop democrats are facing this year are "not their grandfather's republican party. >> what i really said was that this is not even your father's republican party. these folks don't want to talk. these folks don't want to e
's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> a powerful storm system in wisconsin and minnesota. the freed american hiker will open up about her ordeal in an iranian prison. we brought you her incredible story on thursday. the pregnant woman whose body was cut in half in a risky surgery. on monday, i will be live at the white house for an exclusive live interview with president obama as part of education at nation. we'll talk but that when we get started right here on the "today" show. >> 72 degrees on tv hill. >> we will check the weather and traffic before you head out to start your day. lookold gibbs canning company. today these factories are full of dot com businesses. and now my job is helping maryland create new economy jobs. training new math and science teachers investing in our institutions of excellence pioneering new cyber security jobs and giving an old gm plant a jump start building electric motors. i'm barbara mikulski. i approve this message so you'll know i'm fighting for you. >> school delays. >> caroline county schools, two hours late
teenager. whatill not bbelieve serena williams would like to bdo. here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> we are live at the white house for a special live exclusive interview with the president, an entire half hour dedicated to education. why are our students falling behind? what can be done to give them a competitive edge. we'll take you back to kindergarten to get a firsthand look at some of the challenges being faced by some of our youngest students. we will talk to some passengers involved in an emergency landing over the weekend. we have a lot to get to on a busy monday as we kick off education nation. >> 65 degrees on tv hill. >> we will take another look at weather and traffic together before you head out to start your day. >> how bad is it out there? >> it is pretty bad. the rain is creating a nightmare for motorists. harford road in glen arm, all lanes are closed because of an overturned the vehicle. take bel air road as an alternate. 27 on 95 out of the northeast. 13 on the west side. this is 95 at white marsh. that is the pace of things
announcement. here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> good morning. violent storms sweeping through new york city with hurricane- force winds. at least one person is dead. also, a stunning twist to the acid attack in washington state. police now say the victim has confessed that it was all a hoax. joran van der sloot is confronted in prison. and we will check out some remarkable cars that can go 100 miles on a single gallon of fuel when we get started on friday morning right here on the "today" show. >> 66 degrees on tv hill. >> we will check weather and traffic together before you hea >> northbound j.f.x. at northern parkway, the ramp to eastbound number parkway is closed because of an accident. the eastbound number parkway ramp from the northbound jfx is closed. avoid that if you cannot. there's an accident at northern parkway and liberty heights. this is the west side of the beltway at liberty road. the outer loop is a little heavy. nothing too major. >> high school football beit. >> it will be beautiful. it will be clear this afternoon with mostl
. anyone with information is asked to call police. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> coming up on a wednesday, hurricane earl has the east coast of the united states in its sights. will it come ashore? we are tracking that start. then we will talk to joe biden speech,resident obama's whether it was worth the lives and money sacrificed, and if president obama was right to have a troop surge. all that plus our wedding couple. we will learn which brings you picked for them when we get started on a wednesday edition of the "today" show. >> 70 degrees on tv hill. >> we will check weather and traffic together befor >> a very good wednesday morning to you. 79 degrees downtown. it is warm outside. mid 90's again today. you can donate to the maryland food bank. they have a virtual online store where you can choose the most- needed items. you can purchase them online. it is sold at wholesale prices. check out their website. it is a great way to contribute. that is it for now. >> thank you. they can use help year
. reporting live, jennifer franciotti. >> here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> coming up on a thursday, a powerful hurricane named earl could make landfall as early as tonight in north carolina and then race up the east coast. the deadly standoff outside washington d.c. a producer spoke to the gunmen during the crisis. also, why you may be eating twice as much as you should be when you eat at your favorite restaurant. can you go entire month wearing just six items of clothing? that is as we get started on a thursday morning here on the "today" show. >> 71 degrees on tv hill. >> weather and traffic together before you head out to start >> that is>> with the flip of te calendar to september, school buses and suv's filled with students are once again on the road. the daily commute just got more crowded. it also became more dangerous. cars and students are filling the crosswalks while the text and tweet. maryland will require hands-free devices for cell phones while driving. texting while driving is against the law. log onto wbaltv.com right now and make t
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